Roadmap out of lockdown

We have experienced an incredibly tough year and I am proud of the way our community has come together to support one another.

We will be coming out of lockdown over the next few months and will follow the Government’s four-step roadmap. At the start of March, we saw the reopening of schools and children returning to education. The latest stage of reopening started on 29th March and we should see further changes on 12 April.

Current Restrictions (England):

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Step 2 – 12th April Changes

Business and activities

Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

The next steps in the Government’s COVID roadmap will be updated on the 17th of May.

You can find the full Government guidance and information on the next steps in the Roadmap out of Lockdown here – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Working for You

I am continuing to work with colleagues in Parliament raising issues with the Government including on vaccine roll-out, education, schools, the health service and business support. I am also working locally with the Council, the local NHS and local voluntary organisations. My office is operating remotely, so if you have any concerns or questions please email me at seema.malhotra.mp@parliament.uk

I sympathise profoundly with the families of those who have lost loved ones, as well as all other individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. I am also immensely grateful to our NHS staff, social care workers and all key workers who are working tirelessly to help deal with this crisis.

Useful contacts
London Borough of Hounslow coronavirus information: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Hounslow Community Hub for emergency assistance, food and clothing:  https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/hub

Support if you are feeling isolated: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/homepage/198/physical_and_mental_health

For information on Coronavirus and what symptoms to be aware of, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For help with Universal Credit, in the first instance for help with the application form, please contact the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB): https://hounslowcabs.org.uk/

 

 

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